Thomas Budd

PhD Candidate


  • BA (Honours) Economics, Simon Fraser University
  • MRM, REM, Simon Fraser University


Thomas Budd is a PhD Candidate researching energy and climate policy under the supervision of Dr. Mark Jaccard, Professor of Sustainable Energy at SFU REM, and Dr. Elicia Maine, W.J. VanDusen Professor of Innovation & Entrepreneurship at SFU’s Beedie School of Business.  His training and expertise include the application of Energy-Economy-Emissions models for multiple sectors including industry, transportation, residential and commercial buildings, and the spatial aspects of land use in relation to urban energy systems.

Thomas is working to advance analytical tools capable of assessing the effectiveness of policies to transition energy systems towards a path of rapid deep decarbonization. His research focuses on analyzing strategies and measures that will decarbonize Canada’s industrial sectors classified as Emissions-Intensive and Trade-Exposed, while creating future economic and employment opportunities for Canadians.   In conducting this research, he will be building bridges between existing silos of expertise by integrating relevant knowledge from climate policy studies, science and technology, business innovation, energy economics, and trade within an interdisciplinary framework.  Supporting his research, Thomas holds a SFU Graduate Dean’s Entrance Scholarship (GDES), a British Columbia Graduate Scholarship (BCGS), a SSHRC Canada Graduate Scholarship—Doctoral Program (CGS-D). Thomas participates as a PICS Scholar within an interdisciplinary team conducting an Opportunity Project funded by the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions - Innovation Policy meets Climate Policy: Evaluating Strategies for Transitioning Emissions-Intensive and Trade-Exposed Industries to Net-Zero.